Easter family activities

By Ashley Jones

This Easter, why not occupy your children during the holidays by doing some of our fun activities with them. They should be enjoyable, whilst also helping them develop key communication, reading and writing skills.

Easter egg treasure hunt

An Easter egg treasure hunt is a fun way for your children to enjoy their Easter eggs. You could hide Easter eggs or similar treats throughout your home, or even garden. Write clues for the children to solve in order to find them! You could even create a trail of several clues or puzzles for them to solve before they reach their eggs. Older children could even hide eggs and write the clues out themselves for their friends, siblings, or parents, whereas younger children can get involved through the use of more simple, spoken clues.

Hard-boiled egg painting and storytelling

At Easter, one fun, traditional activity for your children is to decorate hard-boiled eggs. Hard boil some eggs in advance for your children to safely paint once they have thoroughly cooled. Then they can paint features, clothes, and more onto their eggs. Try suggesting that they create stories for the characters they have painted, either by speaking or writing. They could even paint eggs as their favourite characters from favourite stories or nursery rhymes. More advanced artists can create backgrounds for their eggs out of shoeboxes or similar materials, and even the youngest can create faces on the eggs with your help.

Spring nature spotting

Another idea for an outdoors Easter activity is to encourage your children to look out for signs of spring in the world around them. New life is everywhere at this time of year and children can, depending on where you live, be encouraged to look out for daffodils, rabbits, lambs, birds nesting, and much more. They could write a list of all of the nature they see, or if they are younger, learn and say the names of any creatures or plants they have spotted.

Thank you letters for Easter gifts

Should your child receive chocolate or similar presents at Easter time, encourage them to write thank-you letters. These could be letters, emails, or similar. Older children can write more advanced thank you notes, but even the youngest can join in by just signing their names or making a handprint to send to whoever was kind enough to buy them presents.

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